If the name Sacha Baron Cohen doesn’t sound familiar to you, then maybe the name Ali G does. And if that doesn’t, then Borat should. And if that doesn’t either, chances are you’ve very well heard of Admiral General Aladeen. The last name would ring a lot of bells for movie lovers, as Aladeen was the lead character in the movie The Dictator, a movie that followed Aladeen’s road to redemption after being betrayed by his second in command over money.
All three characters mentioned are the construct of the English actor Sacha Baron Cohen, well known for his satirical antics and his familiar usage of dark comedy in his productions. But Sacha is more than just alter egos, and in this article, we take a look at the man and his worth, ethnicity, wife and other details about his life.
Sacha Baron Cohen’s Ethnicity and Early Life
The satirical genius was born on the 13th of October, 1971 in West London. His mother, a movement instructor called Daniella Naomi (née Weiser) is an Israeli citizen. His father, a clothing store owner called Gerald, was born in London, raised in Wales and lived from 1932 to 2016. He was raised Jewish and is fluent in two languages; English and Hebrew.
His mother’s family were German Jews that moved from Israel, and his father’s family Ashkenazi Jews that moved to London. He is of Ashkenazi Jewish ethnicity. Baron is the youngest of three boys; his elder brothers are Erran and Amnon.
He attended The Haberdashers’ Aske’s Boy’s School in Elstree, Hertfordshire. After which he went into Christ’s College at the University of Cambridge. He graduated in 1993 with a second class upper degree in History. When he was in the Cambridge University Amateur Dramatic Club, he was in the plays Fiddler on the Roof and Cyrano de Bergerac. He also performed in the Jewish theatre Habonim Dror.
Before getting his acting career into full swing, Baron had a stint as a fashion model. In the early 1990s, he started co-hosting a weekly Windsor cable programme with Carol Kirkwood. He became the host of Pump TV after sending a tape of himself as an Albanian fictional TV reporter to Channel 4. His enigmatic performance got him the position.
His first character, Bruno Gehard, came to life in 1998 on the Paramount Comedy Channel. His rise to fame came thanks to the creation of his character Ali G, an uneducated West Kingston man hailing from Staines, Surrey. Ali G appeared on Channel 4’s The 11 O’Clock Show, with its first episode airing on the 8th of September, 1998. He was nominated for Best British Entertainment Performance at the British Academy Television Awards for the role and won the 1999 British Comedy Awards for Best Newcomer.
Ali G would move on to Da Ali G Show in 2000, and this would win the BAFTA for Best Comedy in 2001 for Baron. The character would also feature as the limo driver in the video for Madonna’s 2000 song Music. In 2001, Ali G also interviewed David and Victoria Beckham. A lot of Ali G’s interviews were done without the interviewee being aware by means of a diversion. It wouldn’t be until close to the end before the review would realize that Ali G was the interviewer, and Baron was always in character right from the start.
Borat Sagdiyev, who would be later developed from his earlier fictional Albanian reporter, was created in 2006. A feature movie with the lengthy name of Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan was made with Borat as the central character. The film follows Borat as he journeys across the US in an ice cream truck, with a vivid obsession of wanting to marry Pamela Anderson. It was a smashing hit, garnering $26.4 million across 837 theaters in the US. The movie was a mockumentary poking fun at American culture, sexism, homophobia, anti-Semitism, racism, and jingoism. In 2007 Sacha Baron Cohen won the Golden Globe award for Best Actor – Musical or Comedy and was nominated for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy.
Admiral General Aladeen, the dictator of the fictional Republic of Wadiya, was the next character created. The character was a satire of the then living Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi, but due to fear of terrorist retaliation, misinformation was spread saying it was loosely based on a novel written by former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein.
He portrayed Erran Morad, an Israeli military colonel on Showtime’s controversial show Who is America? Several public figures have made statements claiming they were deceived while Baron was in character. No stranger to controversy, Sacha Baron Cohen is still going strong with his characters, TV segments and ingenuity.
Wife, Kids and Brother
In 2002, at a party in Sydney, Australia Baron met his wife Isla Fisher for the first time. The two of them began dating, and in 2004 became engaged. They finally tied the knot on the 15th of March, 2010 in Paris, France in a Jewish ceremony. Prior to this, Fisher had converted to Judaism. Together, they have three children; Olive Baron Cohen, Elula Lottie Miriam Cohen, and Montgomery Moses Brian Baron Cohen.
His brother, Erran Boaz Baron Cohen, is an English composer and trumpet player that has worked on several of Baron’s films.
Sacha Baron Cohen has had a very successful career as an actor and a comedian. His differing alter-egos, movies and television shows have bagged him a whopping $110 million in net worth. Success is not an alien concept as his wife enjoys a $20 million net worth, making the family one comfortable enough with financial matters.
Height and Body Measurements
Sacha Baron Cohen is a tall man, standing at a height of 6 ft 3 in, equivalent to 191 cm. His body weight is at 80 kg or 176 lbs. He has brown eyes and black hair.